The Gospels Quiz

Not So Easy

BACKGROUND NOTE: The first two questions in this quiz open a complicated issue of interpretation. Beginning as early as Julius Africanus (ca. A.D. 230), theologians through the centuries have debated various explanations for the two different genealogies of Jesus in Matthew and Luke. Many solutions have been proposed. One of the most popular is that Matthew presents the genealogy of Joseph, while Luke gives the genealogy of Mary. However, prima facie the two accounts both seem to trace the genealogy of Joseph (see Matt. 1:16 and Luke 3:23). If this is the case, it is possible to reconcile both accounts using the law of levirate marriage (Deut. 25:5-6) and the law of inheritance (Num. 27:8-11). Using this approach, perhaps the best view takes Matthew's account as Joseph's legal line of descent and Luke's as Joseph's natural line of descent. This entire issue is discussed in great detail in an original paper presented on this Web site: "'Write This Man Childless!' The Crisis in the Davidic Dynasty and the Genealogies of Jesus."

  1. In Christ's genealogy recorded in Luke, from which son of David was the royal line traced?

  2. In Christ's genealogy recorded in Matthew, from which son of David was the royal line traced?

  3. Why did Joseph and Mary flee to Egypt with the infant Jesus?

  4. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, but in what city did he grow up?

  5. Before Jesus began his public ministry, he amazed the teachers at the Temple. How old was he then?

  6. Many blind men were healed by Jesus, but only four healings are recorded. Of these four, the name of only one man is given. Who is he?

  7. To which tribe did Anna the prophetess belong?

  8. After Herod's death, his son became ruler over Judea. Name him.

  9. Of whom was it said, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit."

  10. Which is not one of the beatitudes?

    Blessed are the meek.
    Blessed are the merciful.
    Blessed are the joyful.
    Blessed are the peacemakers.
  11. What was the occupation of Matthew, who was chosen to be an apostle?

  12. Jesus healed the mother-in-law of which apostle?

  13. Name the two men who spoke with Jesus during the transfiguration.

  14. Name the three cities in which Jesus did mighty miracles but whose inhabitants refused to repent.

    Chorazin, Tyre, and Sidon
    Capernaum, Sidon, and Bethsaida
    Bethsaida, Capernaum, and Tyre
    Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum
  15. In which chapter of the Gospel of John is Christ's high-priestly prayer recorded?

  16. Jesus was betrayed for 30 pieces of silver. In which prophet do we find this predicted? After you have gotten the correct answer, click the "Additional Information" button for a discussion of the answer.


  17. Why was the widow praised who put two mites into the treasury?

  18. Twice Jesus fed a great multitude. There were about 5,000 men in the first miracle. How large was the multitude in the second?

  19. At the time of Jesus' arrest, Peter struck a servant of the high priest with his sword. What was the servant's name?

  20. In whose tomb was Jesus laid?

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